Growing Gardens

Our garden programs make it easy for you to grow your own garden.

Growing Hope’s garden programs help people of all ages learn to grow and eat healthy food. We provide hands-on educational opportunities at our demonstration farm, at community centers, in neighborhood gardens and other spaces where people grow. We aim to help people, particularly those with barriers to healthy food, gain self-reliance growing their own food, while gaining the skills and knowledge needed to achieve their desired level of health.


Growing Gardens Membership

Growing Gardens Membership is designed to be a simple way for individuals & households or group gardens to find the networking, support, and resources they need to start or maintain successful gardens. Growing Gardens members receive benefits such as free seeds and seedlings, access to Growing Hope’s Lending Libraries (tools, light stands, canning supplies, and books), discounts at our garden supply store YpsiPlanti, newsletters, free Veggucation Workshops and more.

Individual & Household Registration: Apply Online or Print Application
Group Garden Registration: Apply Online or Print Application

For more information on the Lending Libraries, please follow the links below:

Tool Lending Library: Flyer
Tool Lending Library: Guidelines & Wavier
Light Stand Lending: Guidelines & Wavier


Home Vegetable Garden Installation

Growing Hope’s Home Vegetable Garden Program address food insecurity in Ypsilanti through empowering eligible participants to grow their own home gardens. We help install raised bed vegetable gardens in these homes, give resources and support throughout the growing season, and offer free membership through our Growing Gardens Program. In return, we ask participants to track their harvest and complete surveys. The application window has closed for 2016 Home Vegetable Garden installations. Please check back early 2017 for next year’s program! 

How to Track Your Harvest
Garden Progress Form

Veggucation Workshops
Explore gardening and cooking with Growing Hope ‘s Veggucation workshops,classes, demonstrations, and tastings.  Whether at our demonstration farm, in our certified kitchen space, or out in the community, we aim to motivate you to start growing, cooking and eating more seasonal, local produce in order to benefit your health and wellness. Each workshop will provide you with the essential skills to make this the best garden season ever!
Pre-Registration is Required for Workshops and Classes: pre-register here! Classes will fill up so register early.
Cancellation Policy: Classes and Workshops will be cancelled unless the minimum enrollment of five attendees is met. Veggucations cancelled by Growing Hope due to low enrollment, weather, or closure will automatically be fully refunded. You’ll be notified of a cancellation 24 hours prior to the start of the program.
Find a Community Garden

There are countless community gardens throughout Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County! For the complete list of community gardens near you, click here!

Although Growing Hope does not manage these gardens, we do provide gardening support to gardens that have sign-up to be Growing Gardens Members. Several of these gardens have gone through Growing Hope’s Garden Leadership Training. Many of these groups offer plots for community members to garden and are a great opportunity to get to know neighbors, learn more about gardening and have access to space for growing that people might not have otherwise. Each garden is set up different and they are not all plot-rental or communal gardens.  Please email the garden steward listed under each community garden for more information.

Garden Leadership Training

Growing Hope offers an annual Garden Leadership Training to prepare teams to begin or grow their garden project. This two-day training focuses on goal setting, community organizing and site design. Every year the training attracts neighborhood groups, schools, places of worship, community centers and other organizations. Many Ypsilanti schools and community gardens have started as a result of going through the training.

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